Michael Franti and Spearhead Live at Golden Gate Park on 2002-09-07
2. Everyone Deserves Music
3. People In Tha Middle
4. Stay Human
5. Never Too Late
6. Radioactive Solo
7. Rock The Nation
9. Bomb The World
10. Michael Speaks
4th Annual 911 Power To The Peaceful Free Concert
Social Justice & Peace Rally
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Review by Dan Kramer (tahoespearit)
The day got started early (some earlier than others, Michael was there at 6:30am with the volenteers to make sure everything was going OK) with all sorts of people around setting up the stage, DJ tent, bike parking, art displays, food, activism and merch boothes and tables. Volenteers walked around with bright green shirts that said,"Ask Me" on them for people looking for information about the days events. Michael was seen helping out and doing interviews throughtout the day as the field was starting to look like a huge organic music and activism stadium. After a slight generator problem, the concert would hit it's last obstical and the show would start about an hour late. Everyone's set would get cut short alittle but it wasn't just about the music today. This day would be about learning, sharing, talking, having fun and uniting! After Amy Goodman spoke, we heard from Sat Santokh and then Mumia Abu Jamal via tape recorder. From there it was all up to the boys to give the crowd of 15,000-20,000 people exactly what they had been waiting for.
Michael lead the band into Everyone Deserves Music ending the song with, "Even all my friends out here in Golden Gates Park, you all deserve music"!! Carl counted the guyz into People In Tha Middle reggae style. The sound by this time was dialed in perfectly by Tige, Spearhead's soundwomen, and the band didn't miss a beat going right into Stay Human.
Being in S.F. you know the freaks come out in the day and by the first verse there were huge puppets, people dressed up supa freaky and stilt walkers surrounding the front of the stage getting the crowd hyped and bouncin'. Karl Denson was in town playing two nights at the Fillmore and stopped by just in time to hop on stage and rock out with the band. Next, the guyz would take it down a notch with the new song, Never Too Late which had the whole crowd singing. Radio took over for a minute with his panflute and beatboxing as he then leads 15,000 to 20,000 arms swaying back and forth to the force of Rock the Nation.
What a site to see that many people all acting as one even if it was just arms swaying back and forth. Once the freny subsided from Rock The Nation, Michael speaks for a moment about it being so nice to look into the eyes of so many other people today that believe that peace is not only the absense of war but the presence of justice! And then he said today is a day that we come together to say that we should not be engaging in a war on terrorism, we should be engaging in a war on militarism!! Michael then starts to play Bomb the World than stops and puts down his guitar because it was out of tune and sings acapella the rest of the verse while clapping. Dave joins in on electric guitar for the chorus as Michael gets the whole crowd of 20,000 clapping while he sings the chorus. The claps of the huge crowd echoed throughout the park and it was quite eire yet powerful to here that kind of unity! Michael big ups everyone for thier articipation, thanks Anthony for the flower arrangement he provided for the stage and then He goes on to say that Anthony brought 300 roses for the band to pass out but they want everyone to enjoy one for a minute and then pass it on so people all the way in the back can enjoy them aswell! He thanks KPFA 94.1fm and even the cops.
Michael lets everyone know that when they planned the event, everyone picked a job and Mike picked recycling. So he brought out a bunch plastic bags and passed them out and said that he wanted to leave this place leanner than when they found it and not to leave even a cigarette butt laying around. Michael goes on to say, "but right now we are gonna rock you". Dave then proceeds to start playing the openning riff to Sometimes. Karl Denson comes back out to join the band as they rock everyone out one last time beforecalling it a day. The event was a huge success and hopefully tomorrow's social forum exploring, social and human rights issues at the New College would be just as successful!
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